Ballina North Breakwater contract awarded locally
THE NSW Government has awarded the final $600,000 contract for remedial works to the Ballina North Breakwater to local engineers.
Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Minister for the North Coast and Member for Ballina Don Page announced today that Murwillumbah company, CivilTeam Engineering Pty Ltd, had been awarded the contract and work would commence in February 2013.
"The Ballina North Breakwater's primary function is improving navigation, but it is also very popular with recreational walkers, tourists and fishermen," Mr Stoner said.
"The outside of the breakwater is made from rock and concrete armour units that absorb most of the sea's energy.
"However, these units naturally degrade over time due to the effects of wind and waves and need to be replaced.
"Once completed, this work will provide a breakwater that is more resistant to storms and safer for users for many years to come," he said.
Minister for the North Coast and Ballina MP Don Page said new concrete armour units, known as Hanbars, were cast during the first stage of breakwater repairs in July 2012.
He said 285 Hanbars, weighing between eight and 16 tonnes, have been cast and are now stored 8km away from the breakwater.
"The final stage of the works involves transporting these Hanbars, which weigh more than 2,700 tonne in total, and placing them on to the breakwater," Mr Page said.
"During the construction period, there will be some unavoidable disruption to access onto the breakwater, but it is necessary to ensure public safety."
The project is being managed by the Crown Lands Division of the Department of Trade & Investment.
The design and environmental assessment for the work was carried out by the consultants GHD, including consultation with other government departments.
Mr Stoner said the works are just one part of the $51 million upgrade of coastal port and river entrances the NSW Government is carrying out over four years.
"This work is another example of the NSW Government's commitment to regional infrastructure and recognition of the value it provides to our communities," he said.